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J. J. James was at Wake Forest in 1836-37. In 1841 he was
graduated from Columbian College. He was ordained in 1842 and
served churches in the Beulah Association and also taught in Trinity
Academy. In 1854 he became editor of the Biblical Recorder and
continued in that work until 1861, associating with himself Elder J. S.
Walthal the last year. He was an able and a safe editor and used his
paper for furthering the interests of the denominational enterprises,
especially Wake Forest College. Many controversial question were
exercising the minds of the people in the period of his editorship. One
of these was the movement for the abolition of slavery. James was a
strong defender of the Southern view, and more than held his own
against the ablest of the editors of the Baptist papers of the North.
"His views were comprehensive, his perception was clear, his style
elevated, his language chaste, his diction excellent; all this together
with a strong logical turn of mind made him one of our best writers.
Few could cope with him in newspaper discussion."6 He spent the
remainder of his life on his farm in Caswell County, filling short
pastorates at High Point, Milton and Ephesus. He was for some years
Moderator of the Beulah Association; he was also a Trustee of Wake
Forest College from 1844 to 1870. He died April 6, 1892, in his
Another who belongs to this group is John Lemuel Carroll. He was
at Wake Forest in the years 1858-61, and was ordained there in 1862.
He received three degrees from the University of North Carolina,
Bachelor of Arts in 1863, Master of Arts in 1866, and Doctor of
Divinity in 1866. During the Civil War he served as pastor of
churches in Hillsboro and in Sampson and New Hanover. Other
churches of which he later had pastoral charge were some in the
counties of Wake and Franklin; Warrenton, Virginia; Lexington,
Virginia; Gordonsville, Virginia; Asheville and Chapel Hill. Perhaps
his most notable achievement was the rescue of St. Johns College at
Oxford (now the Oxford Orphan Asylum) from threatened extinction.
Taking the field as agent he raised the funds to save it, when it had all
but been despaired of. For three
6 F. H. Jones, in North Carolina Baptist Almanac, 1883, p. 41.